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RANK TEAM RECORD PTS CHANGE HI/LOW NOTES
1 St. Louis
Cardinals
58-34 300 1 / 3 Their 4 1/2-game lead over the Pirates is biggest in NL.
2 Pittsburgh
Pirates
54-38 285 2 / 18 Jeff Locke has a 1.59 ERA in his last six starts.
3 Kansas City
Royals
55-36 279 1 / 12 In a Trout-free universe, he may be AL and All-Star Game MVP.
4 Los Angeles
Dodgers
53-41 274 2 / 6 Kershaw and Zack, and who cares after that?
5 Washington
Nationals
50-41 256 1 / 18 Goal this week is to keep the Mets at nuisance – not threat – level.
6 Los Angeles
Angels
50-40 252 4 / 18 If they’re as aggressive at deadline as they were in winter, buckle up.
7 Houston
Astros
51-43 234 3 / 27 Welcome to second place.
8 New York
Yankees
50-41 233 6 / 28 Boring, but in a good way.
9 Minnesota
Twins
50-42 221 5 / 30 Uh-oh: Next nine against Angels, Yankees, Pirates.
10 Chicago
Cubs
49-42 205 7 / 19 How much of the future is worth betting on the second wild card slot?
11 San Francisco
Giants
49-44 197 5 / 25 Looking formidable once again as bullpen dominates in desert.
12 Baltimore
Orioles
46-45 180 1 6 / 20 Just started stretch of 18 road games in 25 dates. They’re 19-27 on the road this year.
12 New York
Mets
48-45 180 5 / 21 They may be best-equipped to dominate East for an extended stretch.
14 Toronto
Blue Jays
47-47 179 5 / 24 Getting harder and harder to tread water.
15 Tampa Bay
Rays
47-48 168 6 / 21 See Toronto.
16 Detroit
Tigers
46-46 156 1 / 16 Seems foolish to blow things up. Miggy will come back, eventually.
17 Cleveland
Indians
44-47 131 1 9 / 28 Can they get back to .500 for first time since April 10? After that, let’s talk.
18 Arizona
Diamondbacks
43-48 124 1 17 / 29 Brad Ziegler should yield a nice return piece at deadline.
19 Texas
Rangers
43-49 113 1 12 / 28 Shin-Soo Choo (.227) has been so bad, it’s easy to overlook Leonys Martin (.219).
20 Boston
Red Sox
42-49 111 1 4 / 27 So many bad deals that it’s hard to blow this thing up.
21 Atlanta
Braves
44-49 101 12 / 25 Fredi Gonzalez more secure in Atlanta than Home Depot’s CEO.
22 Chicago
White Sox
42-48 88 9 / 27 Maybe every weekend can be 2005 reunion weekend.
23 Oakland
Athletics
43-51 86 8 / 30 That +53 run differential has to keep Billy Beane up at night.
24 Seattle
Mariners
42-51 82 5 / 24 Mark Trumbo slugging .309 in 115 plate appearances since arrival.
25 San Diego
Padres
44-49 57 7 / 25 “2014-15 Winter Champions” banner can be repurposed as a white flag.
26 Cincinnati
Reds
41-49 56 11 / 27 Begrudging rebuilds usually don’t go so well.
27 Miami
Marlins
38-55 37 14 / 28 Seems likely we’ll see yet another Dodgers-Marlins deal. Dan Haren goes back home?
28 Colorado
Rockies
40-51 28 16 / 30 Kyle Kendrick at Coors about what you’d expect: 1-4, 6.54 ERA, 1.57 WHIP.
29 Milwaukee
Brewers
41-52 27 23 / 30 Timing almost perfect to deal Carlos Gomez.
30 Philadelphia
Phillies
33-62 10 24 / 30 Positive bump from Aaron Nola’s arrival countered by Cole Hamels’ sudden yips.

 

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Cliff is a freelance sports writer that holds a BA in Criminal Justice & MEd in Media Technology. He has experience as a letterman and coach at the NCAA D-1 level as well as played professional basketball Europe (FIBA).